Serbia Tick Win Column Against Georgia

13 July 2013

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Luka Mitrovic (Serbia)
Luka Mitrovic did a big part of the damage for Serbia, torching Georgia for 16 points on 8/10 shooting and 9 rebounds

Serbia stormed past Georgia 89-52 on Saturday in Tallinn to register their first victory at the Sportland U20 European Championship after four games in Group A.

The winners took fourth place in the group and Georgia finished in fifth spot, so both teams will have to play in the Classification Round for 13th to 20th.

Serbia started off visibly influenced by Friday's damning loss to Germany but once they drilled three triples on consecutive possessions to go up 17-10 they took a firm grip on proceedings to lead 21-16 at the end of the first quarter.

They dominated in the paint (rebounds 40-23) and kept capitalising on Georgian turnovers (24 points) to outscore their opponents 27-15 in the second frame and take a comfy 17-point cushion at the half-time interval.

Serbia commenced the second half on a 14-4 run to take the gap to 27 points midway through the third quarter and kept pushing hard until the difference reached the 38 point-mark, late into the final frame.

Luka Mitrovic led the Serbian charge with game-highs in points (16) and rebounds (nine) while Nemanja Krstic added 14 points; no player scored in double digits for Georgia but Shota Gelazonia had eight points to go with his team-high five rebounds in defeat.

 


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